Positive Neuroplasticity Training
Building healthier, stronger, wiser minds
This experiential and educational program was created by Dr Rick Hanson, bestselling author of “Hardwiring Happiness” and “Buddha’s Brain”. It is about
building a strong, healthy, and happy brain. We can lower stress, and increase well-being and effectiveness by deliberately cultivating positive states
– such as safety, contentment, connectedness and compassion.
This course will focus on learning a fundamental psychological skill: the conversion of passing beneficial experiences and beneficial mental states - into
lasting underlying neural traits – that can be experienced in a very pragmatic way in our lives and relationships. Statistically significant findings
from a pilot study showed that Positive Neuroplasticity Training increased positive emotions, self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional balance, self-esteem,
gratitude, contentment, and love, and it decreased depression and anxiety.
"Taking in the Good" with Dr. Rick Hanson PH.D
Perth and Melbourne, 2018
Building a strong, happy and healthy brain!
Like any other mental capability, inner strengths (positive states) are supported by structures in the brain. Resilience, positive emotions, compassion,
gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression.
In this workshop you will be learning about and practicing how to transform positive
experiences into lasting states and traits. The workshop will be engaging, inspiring and practical. As well as being motivated by succinct
and relevant scientific information, you will get tools and processes that you can immediately use. We will engage with the material using experiential
exercises, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.
Research has shown that people who completed the PNT (Taking in the Good) Course experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly
greater self-control, savoring, compassion, love, contentment, joy, gratitude, self-esteem, self-compassion, satisfaction with life, and overall happiness.
Rick Hanson is planning two levels of training to commence in January of 2018:
Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) and Professional Training in PNT
3 day and 6 day training
Perth and Melbourne
What does the PNT course involve?
- an individual phone interview with your teacher
- a 2.5 hour class once a week for six weeks or workshop format of three whole days over several weeks.
- systematic training in cultivating positive states of safety, satisfaction and connection
- exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
- brief lectures and discussions
- individual feedback and support
- scientific rationale for the practice
- your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book
Do I need some previous mindfulness experience?
Not necessarily, but we have found that people who have previous experience of mindfulness find the learning about cultivating positive states more accessible
and easy to incorporate into their daily lives. They are also not so reactive to the experiences that arise when we practice any form of mental
training - like frustration, boredom and avoidance!
Is the PNT course a training to teach others?
No. The name is confusing we know! It is a personal training for your mind and body to become more familiar with transforming passing positive
states like safety, satisfaction and feelings of belonging and connection, into more lasting traits.
It is about you and your life.
Openground does sponsor Rick Hanson to Australia regularly to offer the 6 day training for health professionals and others who wish to bring this work
into their private work with others.
Join the mail list to hear about the next six day program with Rick.